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Primary and Nursery School

Our approach to teaching and learning

"Commit yourself to lifelong learning. The most valuable asset you'll ever have is your mind and what you put into it." Brian Tracy

At Downsview our aim is to provide a caring, exciting and inspiring place to learn, where children feel safe and nurtured. We want our children to become resilient learners, with a growth mindset, who are willing to try new things, learn from their mistakes and reflect on their learning. We want our children to grow into independent and confident young people, well prepared for the next stage in their education.

Our agile teaching approach enables our children to reclaim responsibility for their own learning. When children own their own learning, they develop deeper knowledge and higher order thinking. Collaborative learning opportunities are encouraged to promote engagement in learning, enrich relationships and instil the values of sharing and co-operation.

At Downsview we designed a bespoke curriculum, based on the National Curriculum, with a strong knowledge focus. By instilling integrity and good values and equipping children with a knowledge-based curriculum, we enable our children to thrive in the 21st century. Although there is a strong focus on key information, we balance factual learning with its application, using practical skills. Currently we are creating ‘Knowledge Organisers' (KO) for all subjects in the curriculum. A Knowledge Organiser is the ‘go-to’ document, outlining the ‘powerful knowledge’ that children need in order to truly understand concepts. It also enables them to recall and apply this knowledge, offer informed explanations and further their understanding.